That’s why there was some quiet fist pumping going on when we were informed that the City’s Plum Creek Restoration project was selected by the Ohio Stormwater Association as an outstanding stormwater project and our staff (Cori Finney) will be accepting an award from the Association on the City’s behalf at the annual Ohio Stormwater Conference held in Columbus May 12-13.
The Plum Creek project was part of an ongoing effort to re-open waterways that through the years have been diverted and dammed in ways that might appear harmless enough but are actually slowly debilitating our creeks and streams by literally sucking the oxygen right out of them. Oxygen matters, and while the old Plum Creek Ponds (isn’t that an oxymoron?) were actually reasonably attractive to look at, their swamp smell was a good indicator that trouble was lurking just below the surface.
Standing water has a nasty habit of going a bit septic on those hot summer days, throw in piles of goose waste and you have a recipe for bad water quality — which is exactly what we set out to fix in this project. By re-opening the culvert dam, we admittedly lost the pond-like look, but if you stood close enough to those ponds you knew looks could be deceiving and you headed up-wind as fast as your feet could take you. But no more.
Free at last, Plum Creek is actually back to what it started out as — a creek, a free flowing body of water — and soon enough the vegetation on the new creek banks will be back accompanied by the sounds of the bubbling brook.